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Elephant House, Whipsnade Zoo: visitors watching the elephants

RIBA Ref No RIBA49422
Architect/DesignerLubetkin & Tecton
Artist/PhotographerNewbery, Sydney W. (1894-1985)
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1935
Image Date1935
StyleModern Movement
Library Reference5035/10a
Colour InfoBlack and white
CreditRIBA Collections
SubjectWater features ; Concrete ; Zoo buildings ; Animals ; Windows
NOTES: Each of the four Indian elephants was allotted a separate circular unit. The use of top lighting and continuous long windows which could be closed in the winter combined the need for public display with the comfort of the animals. The buildings are relatively small because it was only intended that young elephants should be housed at Whipsnade, the older ones remaining in London. However, larger elephants replaced the original inmates and the Zoo authorities accordingly made some alterations to the buildings.

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